By Delia / Last update February 24, 2022

After the official release of Windows 11, many users whose devices meet the system requirements have successfully upgraded and started using it. Although the initial market feedback was not satisfactory, after a few months of improvements and enhancements, Windows 11 is gradually becoming enjoyable and entering a smooth development phase.

If you are interested in the new operating system, now is a good time to upgrade. Microsoft also offers several ways to update, among which, Install Assistant is officially promoted as the best option to install Windows 11 on your device. However, some users have found that Windows 11 Installation Assistant does not work or does not complete the installation properly. Why is this and how can you fix it?

Here are a few options you can try.

windows 11 installation assistant

1. Check if your device meets the requirements

The role of the Installation Assistant is to upgrade Windows 10 PC to Windows 11. To run it, you first need to meet the following conditions:

  • You have a Windows 10 license.
  • Your computer has Windows 10 version 2004 or higher installed in order to run the Installation Assistant.
  • Your computer meets the Windows 11 device specifications for upgrade requirements and supported features. Some features may require additional hardware.
  • Your computer has at least 9 GB of free disk space to download Windows 11.
  • Failure to meet any of the above conditions may result in Windows 11 Installation Assistant not working correctly.

In addition to above conditions, please also note that:

  • The Windows 11 Installation Assistant does not work on ARM-based computers. It is only supported on computers with x64 processors.

If you need to install media in order to install Windows 11 on another computer, you can try creating a Windows 11 installation media.

2. Run Installation Assistant as administrator.

Windows 11 Installation Assistant needs to be run as an administrator. So, after downloading it from the Microsoft website, please find and right-click on the executable file and select "Run as administrator".

run Windows 11 installation assistant as admin

A dialog box will pop up asking for your permission, click "Yes" to confirm and start the installation.

After that, please complete each step as required, such as accepting the license terms, restarting your computer, etc.

3. Disable anti-virus software.

Anti-virus software, especially third-party software, is likely to be the cause of such problems. So you can try to temporarily disable it for troubleshooting.

Whatever you are using, you can usually find the corresponding icon on the taskbar and disable it with the relevant option.

If you can use the Installation Assistant normally in this case, then the antivirus is the source of the problem you are experiencing. You can choose another antivirus product that is compatible with Windows 11 when you have completed installation.

4. Run System File Checker

Press Windows + S to open the search bar, then type "cmd" and run "Command Prompt" in the search results as an administrator.

Type or paste the following command, and then press Enter to run it:

sfc /scannow

sfc scannow

This command will scan all protected system files, and replace corrupted files with a cached copy. You just need to wait for the process to finish and restart your computer to see if the Windows 11 Installation Assistant now works properly.

5. Set compatibility mode

If the Windows 11 Installation Assistant does not work because of compatibility issues, then you can try to fix it in this way.

After downloading the Installation Assistant from Microsoft website, find the executable file, right-click it and select "Properties".

Navigate to the "Compatibility" tab, check "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and select "Windows 7".

run in compatibility mode

Click Apply to save the changes, then run the executable file normally and see if the window stays open long enough to perform your task.